Saturday, February 20th 
Location: Miller School of Albemarle 
Time: 12:00-5:00pm

Day 1 of the Leaders Summit will be the on-the-bike portion of the weekend. While perhaps some of you are avid mountain bikers, there is a difference between being able to perform a particular skill and being able to teach a young athlete how to perform that skill. Andy Guptill, former professional road and mountain biker and Director/Head Coach of the MSA Endurance program, will lead Saturday’s program. Andy will be joined by Paul BuschiHarlan Price, and James Clarkson to teach basic and advanced skills and drills, and to go over basic bike fit.

Optional Dinner afterwards in Charlottesville. 

Group rates on Charlottesville hotels coming very soon!


Sunday, February 21st 
Location: Charlottesville City Space 
Time: 9:00-4:30pm


Sunday’s classroom portion will be held at Charlottesville City Space on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. In addition to giving participants information about NICA’s mission, risk management practices, and coach licensing program, we will have several guest speakers that bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to areas of bike mechanics, health and wellness, and youth sport psychology.








Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach who holds a Ph.D. in exercise science with an emphasis in exercise and sport psychology. Dieffenbach has published research articles in scientific journals, authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, and has written for applied publications such as Olympic Coach, VeloNews, and Dirt Rag. She specializes in working with junior and Espior elite athletes and runs a regional mountain bike development camp for USA Cycling. A former Division I runner and road cyclist, Dieffenbach now enjoys endurance and ultra-endurance multi-sport racing.


Dr. Martin Katz graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1996, attended the East Tennessee State University Family Medicine Residency from 1996-1999, where he also served as Chief Resident. After serving the Charlottesville community for 6 years, he decided to complete a sports medicine fellowship at the University of South Carolina in 2006. Since that time he has worked in a variety of settings, giving him a diverse background in both family and sports medicine.


Scott Paisley is widely regarded as one Virginia's best bike mechanics. After college, Scott Paisley moved to London on fellowship to study bicycle design. He returned to Virginia, built a cabin and raised a family. Before coming to the Blue Wheel, he spent years working on the manufacturing side of the bicycle industry and even launched his own Paisley line of custom-built frames. Scott is a triathlete, cyclocrosser, road racer, mountain biker, cyclo-tourist and all-around nice guy.

Reid and Jessica Lutter of Podiumwear.

Podiumwear is a St. Paul, Minnesota based manufacturer of custom cycling apparel. It recently announced its partnership with NICA to be the official jersey sponsor of the organization.

“We are a company with strong ties to high school sports, so we are thrilled to support this explosion of middle and high school mountain bike racing,” said Podiumwear CEO Reid Lutter. “We’ve been watching the league really take off here in Minnesota and that is great to see.

Break-out session will include:

Tim House (Cutaway Bike Team): How to Run a Practice
Sam Lindblom (Monticello HS): Getting a 'YES' from School Administrators
Fundraising and Sponsorship